In May of 2008 The Ultimate Shop Hop came about. This concept expands your average shop hop to new and greater heights. Brought to quilters by the makers of the most complete and up to date quilt shop directory, WRBQ, Inc. introduced The Ultimate Shop Hop with 4,500 shops to choose from it is a one-of-a-kind, build-your-own, coast-to-coast shop hop experience like no other!
Exclusively featured in WRBQ Inc.’s Regional Directories and National Directory beginning with the 11th Edition, The Ultimate Shop Hop gives quilters the tools to get out in the quilting community to become better acquainted. As the quilters visit any shop listed in the directory they may request a stamp on their passport – two stamps if the shop they visit advertises with WRBQ, Inc. With so many quilt shops to choose from it makes this shop hop truly nationwide, one in which anyone and everyone can participate. Passports can be found along with the complete directions in the current Quilt Shop Directories that may be purchased at many of the quilt shops and of course on the company’s website www.wrbqinc.com. For about the price of a magazine you can obtain a great quilter’s resource.
The idea of The Ultimate Shop Hop came about when two longtime friends and quilting compadres ended up discussing their local annual shop hop that they had participated in for a number of years. As this discussion progressed with memories of the fun they had had it was decided that someday they’d like to hop to all quilt shops from here to there across the country!
WRBQ, Inc. has an official motto of, ‘Quilters Helping Quilters’. Keeping that in mind, we can see how the shop hop perfectly fits into that concept. When quilters participate in The Ultimate Shop Hop, small businesses are supported, as well as fellow quilters across the nation. On their journeys, in their own states or across the country, quilters can meet and connect with other quilters while participating in The Ultimate Shop Hop. So too can the many quilt shop owners connect in new ways with the quilters from various parts of the country. The Ultimate Shop Hop designed by WRBQ, Inc. has created the perfect opportunity.
Seeing a new technique or tool as they travel from quilt shop to quilt shop can inspire and spur on the creativeness of any quilter, young or old. When participating in your average quilting shop hop making it to the required number of participating quilt shops much be accomplished in anywhere from 3-5 days. The Ultimate Shop Hop gives all quilters an advantage as there is almost 6 months to take on the challenge.
As you arrive at each chosen quilt shop you have the passport stamped or signed to indicate you have been at that particular quilt shop. The quilt shops have all been provided with the information about The Ultimate Shop Hop. There is more information for both the quilters and shop owners on the WRBQ’s website. Once you have filled the passport with stamps from quilt shops the passport is then returned to WRBQ, Inc. to qualify for the prizes. There are 4 major category prizes and then each participant receives a thank you gift from the quilt shop directory WRBQ, Inc. The winner’s names are listed on the WRBQ, Inc. website. What more could a quilter, new or old ask for?
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